Relieving Post-Surgical Pain
The pain you may experience after surgery is the result of a stimulus to thousands of nerve cells that rest beneath your skin and sense heat, cold, touch, light, pressure and pain. When there is an injury to your body, such as surgery, these tiny cells send messages along nerves into your spinal cord and then up to your brain. Medications given for pain relief can block these messages.
Medical science has produced significant advances for the treatment of post-surgical pain, including some that do not require the use of narcotics.
There are two major ways that pain is relieved after surgery:
- Narcotics, such as morphine, can cause unpleasant side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, constipation and difficult breathing.
- Peripheral Nerve Block is a way of relieving pain that can cut down or even stop the need for narcotics.